Seminar: Law of Nationbuilding (Spring 2014)

Thursday 1600-1740

Room 547

Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

(312) 906-5098

Important: read the "Rules" posted on the webpage just above this one. Those rules define how you will be evaluated and graded in the seminar.

Participants and paper topics

Nelson Rosario: The Leapfrog Engine

Carolyn Neville: Improving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Seth Heim: Hummingbird's Gaze



23 January: Get acquainted, discuss interests, select paper topics

30 January: First presentation: Rosario

6 Feb: First presentation: Heim

13 Feb: First presentation: Neville

20 Feb: Review outlines and status

27 Feb: Discuss Iraq

6 Mar: Discuss Ukraine

Department of State refutation of Russian statement

13 Mar: Rosario

20 Mar: no class; Spring Break

27 Mar: Heim

3 Apr: Neville

10 Apr: Final presentation

17 Apr: Final presentation

24 Apr: Final presentation

1 May: Course evaluation questionnaires and visit to watering hole


First day assignment:

  1. Read Course description
  2. Read seminar "rules"
  3. Browse student topics and papers from previous semesters (go up one level and click on the semester)
  4. Skim list of possible topics (you are not limited to these)
  5. Skim Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Structures and Standards for Political Trusteeships, 8 UCLA J. INT’L LAW & FOR AFF. 385 (2003) [Word version] in its entirety.
  6. Read Note on Hernando deSoto
  7. Come to class prepared to discuss these materials and to engage in a serious discussion about your topic or possible topics.

Other materials

Musical support for Kim Jong Il's cult of personality

Possible topics

  1. Cyberwar attacks and defenses
  2. Effect of UN-sanctioned Lybian intervention on international law ("Responsibility to Protect" doctrine)
  3. Legality of killing of Osama Bin Laden
  4. Legality of targeted drone strikes
  5. Transnational enforcement of intellectual property rights
  6. Declarations of independence and recognition: Kosovo and South Ossetia; future of secession after the ICJ decision on the independent of Kosovo
  7. Future of the Kurds
  8. Turkey's policy toward the Kurds
  9. Theories of international development and foreign aid
  10. Future of the UN Security Council
  11. Protection of property under international human rights law
  12. Analysis of prospects for Kosovo's future as an independent state
  13. Analysis of Turkey's evolving role as a regional power
  14. Analysis of Russia's new market-based imperialism
  15. Guerrilla practice and how it should shape customary international law of armed conflict; application of "laws of war" to insurgencies
  16. Evaluation of ICTY, ICC rules in light of U.S. debate over Military Tribunals in Guantanamo
  17. Extinguishing old (1930s/1950s) claims by Cuban exiles resident in U.S. as a "Taking"
  18. Assessing nationbuilding efforts in Iraq
  19. Democratization and market reform in Iraqi Kurdistan
  20. Building democracy: political parties, the press, and other institutions of civil society
  21. Role of music, theatre, movies, and art in nationbuilding
  22. Terrorism and counterterrorism strategies and tactics
  23. Economic development and insurgency
  24. Develop arguments for judicial review of visa denials
  25. Privatization and "takings"
  26. Introducing financial services intermediaries in countries in transition
  27. Practicalities of reforming legal systems